What was the status of England during Elizabethan times? What were some key European events during this time?

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The Elizabethan era is often referred to as the Golden Age of English history.  Elizabeth reigned from 1558-1603, and her reign saw relative peace come to England:  peace between the Catholics and Protestants, and peace between parliament and the monarchy.  The conflict between France and England also calmed during Elizabeth's reign. 

This also proved to be the height of the English Renaissance, producing the best in English poetry, music, other literature, and theatre.  Notables such...

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